Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
A hearty amber colored beer. More hearty and hoppy and less sweet than a typcial American amber, I think this is actually an altbier.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Head was about 3 inches of an off white foam that took it's time to dissipate with a little lacing noticeable. 10 on the SRM Cart. Color was a striking copper, nice to look at.

S: Smell is definitely on the lighter side, I detected no citrus, etc. A definite alcohol presence, not overpowering but there. Some stone fruit maybe plum. Very mild and subtle cut grass smell, not obvious.

T: Definite hints of grass in the hops flavoring. As far as esters, again a little stone fruit, like the aroma I would say plum. A roasty flavor that is nice and not too much. A little bit of floral in there very nice. Mild phenol flavor as far as pepper notes.

F: It is a medium mouthfeel IMO with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry with a little sweetness. A little warmth though very subtle.

O: Overall I would say this is an easy beer to drink. If i was introducing one of my 40 oz or Bud friends to something else this would be a great pick. Personally I like a little more presence and bite, but this is a good well crafted easy on the mouth independently brewed beer. The ABV was @ 5% and if I was to guess I would imagine this was the beer they brewed to introduce the masses to their line as it's a great spot on beer for just that.

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Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright copper orange in color with just the slightest haze. Pourd ewith a firm, off white foam with moderate retention. Moderately malty nose with a touch of caramel and light fruity esters. No hop aromas or diacetyl. Medium bodied with tangy, moderately high carbonation thorough the middle. Sweet malty flavor up front with moderate hop bitterness bitterness through the middle followed by light caramel near the end. No hop flavor. Finished semi-dryly with a light bready and biscuit flavors and a lingering hop bitterness.

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Photo of Larry_Moon
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Didn't get a sense of presentation or aroma as I consumed out of the bottle. Very full bodied for an amber with solid (but not over powering) presence of hops. A touch of bitter about the same time the beverage reaches your stomach (I love that!). While I appreciate that others have different expectations from an amber, this beer completely resonated with my pallet. Will soon be pouring this into an iced mug to observe the rest of it behavior.

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured a clouded orange-copper with a a nice creamy cap of off-white head that leaves slight lacing. It just slips down the wall of the glass.Big effervescent body. The aroma is almost non-existent, with just the slightest hint of malt. The body has a little more verve, with a nice malt body offering notes of bread and fruit and a little earthiness. The body has a nice fullness to it, a bite from the carbonation on the finish. A solid alt-bier style ale.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber; 1 finger off-white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; a little lacing;

S: caramel malt; roasted grains;

T: follows the nose; smooth; earthy; a bit of malt sweetness from mid-palate through the finish; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: a little thin; moderate carbonation; crisp; dry;

O: not special, but enjoyable;

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted malts, bready, herbal hops, some caramel, and earthy

Taste: Same as above. Bready, burnt toast, some caramel, a little herbal, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice altbier. Enjoyed a lot over the years.

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Photo of Mattsashl_Of_VT
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured From 2014 Summer Pack: Into A Woodchuck Pint Glass...

Appearance: Brown as the bottle clean Ale color with white head that fizzled off sort of quickly good lacing.

Smell: Carmel sweetness and fruity ale aromas light pleasant alcohol smell at finish.

Taste: Standard classy Ale tastes, light sweetness and malty with "just a kiss of hops" very well bodied almost has dark lager tastes Sam Adams Lager comes to mind, but is very much an Ale.

Overall: Good example of Intro to a craft beer ale easy to come by and to drink rich and smooth.

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Photo of fx20736
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Wegmans Hylan Dr for $ 8.49 on 5/3/14. Poured into a pint served chilled.

appearance: medium-dark amber with a 2 finger craggy offwhite head that leaves plenty of lacing.

smell:spicy, faintly minty, herbal hops dominate the nose.

taste: toasted malt with a kiss of caramel, followed by a juicy, earthy hoppiness and a dry, mildly bitter finish.

mouthfeel: decent but not memorable.

overall: a tasty, interesting, beguiling beer. I'm an instant fan.

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Photo of Christopher22
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I am not as highly versed when it comes to different tastes as of yet, still have to improve my skills, but as far as LT goes it's my first foray into the altbier style.

Been drinking it for about 12 years now. It always seemed to have this different taste which I have come to love in that old friend kind of way. This is always my go to as far as a simple everyday beer goes. Seems to pair up with just about everything from burgers to a nice pulled pork.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long Trail Ale

Colorwise this could be seen as either light amber or dark pale ale. It reminds me of an English bitter. It has a firm malt base with a subtle citrus hop character. I can taste some sort of caramel malt/crystal malt character that is very nice. The sweetness is just right. I think far too many beers that have a hop presence as subtle as this one end up being too sweet. It is very easy drinking, unsurprisingly the label says this beer is cold conditioned and styled like a Altbier. The hops are noticeable missing from the aroma. I'm gonna go ahead and say this is hopped with northern brewer.... turn out I was correct! Although I missed out on willamette and mount hood I can't decide if its english or german though.

Smell 3.0 Taste 3.75 Mouthfeel 4.0 overall 3.75 look 4.25

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Photo of illpass78
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with a one-inch yellowish head. Color is a little on the light side for the style. It's a good looking beer, though. Leaves considerable lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells very faint. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the nose. I don't think anyone drinks LTA for the smell, because there almost isn't one.

Taste: Smooth, refreshing and crisp. Some light caramel notes and some pleasant toastiness. It's a very easy-drinking ale. The flavor of Long Trail is a pretty excellent way to wean folks from BMC to more crafty styles. It's inoffensive and not overly bitter, but it's also flavorful enough that you know you aren't drinking macro crud.

Mouthfeel: Long Trail is very easy on the palate. That along with the minimal bitterness and inviting flavor make it pretty easy to see someone running through a couple of these in a session, if they're so inclined.

Overall: I find it really easy to believe that this would be someone's "favorite" beer. It's easy to like and a great starting point into more experimental and craftier beers, as I noted above. It's also handy because it pairs with almost any meal. I had one with some BBQ seitan, baked beans and broccoli and it really tied the meal together. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Slipknot pint glass that my mother bought for me almost ten years ago. Ah, it's good to be back home. Bottleneck says 092513.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Bready, semi-toasty malt graininess. Crisp with trace amounts of hops.

T- Toasty malt along with some light hop bitterness. The malt has a sweetness that I liken to certain Belgian beers.

M- Kind of watery and lame with medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- It's been a while since I've had this and it still holds up as an easy drinking yet flavorful session ale. Nothing special, but it's different from your average amber ale or lager.

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Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber with two fingers of fluffy off whtie head, scattered groups of lacing.
S - Sweet caramel, a little grainy, some apple juice.
T - Caramel malt, a little peppery/rye kinda spice to it underneath, some sweet apple.
M - Ok, goes down smooth, a little tingle from the carbonation.
O - I guess its ok for the style, I'd much rather have double bag though.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice oft-burnt orange color with a thin, but full head. Scents of pears, apricots, and caramel rush to the nose. Malty, musty, grainy on the first sip. A touch of tangy fruity caramel flows throughout the palate. Mouthfeel is medium. Washes down clean with a slight twinge of hops. Very refreshing and an excellent session beer. Easy drinking. Almost like a lighter version of an octoberfest. Crisp and smooth. Very well crafted.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the fourth of the fall harvest sampler pack and it makes quite a cap for the four beers. I poured this with no head and no lace to speak of. Light brown and no carbonation. Not much of a nose. Maybe a bit of wine and grain, but not much else.

Mouth was bitter on the edges at the beginning, mellowing to a creamy swallow with a nice aftertaste of toasty grain.

Well, Altbier. Can't say I've had a lot of them, I'm sure I've reviewed a few. This one was, well, a taste treat. Light licorice, with a touch of alcohol but the bready toasty complex wine like tastes. Complex with nothing that hit a bad note.

Yeah, this was good. I'd get a sixer.

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Photo of Act25
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into stemless wine glass to start off TGIF.

A: Mostly clear mahogany with with amber. Head is cream colored and leaves a bit of lace. Looks & pours like an ALT.

S: The nose is aromatic after it warms, a little stiff at first. Not that compelling. toasted grain dominates with a bit of woodsy hoppiness. Back of the pack.

T: Well-toasted grain is dominant. Woodsy again comes to mind. No fruit, a bit of grass. The finish is bitter, but again woody and not that clean, makes me want a palate changer.

F: OK, a bit thin, feels mass produced. Better than a Newcastle, not nearly as good as a Sams.

Long Trail Ale is an OK American altbier. Good starter craft, good reliable. I'd take a Sams over it. Not great for a flagship. Good with burgers and Burlington fare.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

not a huge amber guy, but I love me a proper altbier, and this is mighty proper. a beer ive fallen back to time and time again, and one of my favorite sessions when its ice ice ice cold. it has a dim scent of American and german malts, red and pilsener, with a crisp lager yeast right one cue, although this is an ale, it has that snappy cleanness to it, uncommon for the style, but perfect in this brew. love the barely there hop balance in the finish, almost English in that regard, with the grains being the dominant players. touch of sweetness, touch of bittersweet burnt toffee, touch of bitter hops, touch of fruity punch. outstanding feel, enough body to be a beer drinkers beer, but light enough, and brightly enough carbonated to be refreshing at the same time. if all ambers from the united states were like this one, I might set my ipa down and drink more of them. I absolutely love this beer, when, like I said, it is freezing cold. warmer not so much. a staple in my beer drinking for the last ten years or so.

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Photo of Roguer
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Very pleasing coppery red color. About a finger and a half of head. Solid, nice lacing. I didn't note significant carbonation. Pretty clear for the color.

S - A note of banana, some mild wheat and hops.

T - Banana on the tip of the tongue, again with the mild hops, a bit of a malty profile (but milder than a traditional red ale). Some wheat (less dry than rye, but similar) in the profile. Not bad. Mostly unremarkable, but not bad. Reminds me of Boston Lager, in that it's a slightly more complex drink with a lager's sensibility.

M - Exactly middling. Not bad, but not particularly good. A little thin, the barest hint of oil, no adverse feel from carbonation or alcohol. A little dry in the finish.

O - This is an ale that is cold fermented (lagered), and it drinks like it. This is about as perfectly as I can sum up a standard, basic ale, that isn't bad (and is quite drinkable), but is otherwise unremarkable. It doesn't stand out to me in any way, other than the slightly out of place banana aroma and flavor. I absolutely wouldn't mind having one or two of these, but I won't go out of my way for it, or purchase it over a good lager or a better ale.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Somewhere between honey and amber. A half inch of creamy white head. Some lacing on the glass. A continuous stream of tiny carbonation. Very clear and clean

Aroma: Burnt caramel and breadiness. Not much else. Sweet and malty

Taste: Follows the nose. Hop pressence is minimal to say the least. Nonexistent might be more accurate. There is a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste that I would associate with mass produced lagers. One dimensional and possibly a little skunky. Not crazy about this one

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and clean feeling. Watery and moderately light bodied

Overall: Looks and feels very clean but the smell and flavor leave a lot to be desired. Get their double bag instead if you have to choose. I wouldn't get this again. Not gross but not very good

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from an admittedly aged bottle into a NEBCO pint glass.

A: Clear, crisp amber. Not much else.

S: Malty caramel.

T: Slightly bitter, malt-heavy. Not a great deal of hop presence.

M: Pleasantly carbonated, not overly syrupy.

O: Long Trail's flagship ale is admittedly only slightly above average. That said, as far as flagship ales for breweries like Long Trail go, Long Trail Ale is ahead of the pack if only in that it is unique. Rather than being a simple APA or IPA, Long Trail opted for a lesser-known, German altbier and, in Long Trail Ale, they have accomplished what they presumably intended--taking over the Vermont beer market, that is. I would never turn down a Long Trail Ale, even if I have been drinking less and less of it as time progresses.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice clear pour into a tumbler with little head retension. looks filtered.

S = not much smell

T - one of the beers best attributes. A nice mild hoppy flavor but not overbearing

M -OK, not overly carbonated

O - good to try but not for a steady diet

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Photo of brentk56
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a very modest head that lacks staying power; despite the lack of retention, the head does splash some lace around the glass

Smell: Caramel and cooked vegetal aromatics; DMS, perhaps

Taste: Caramel and apple/pear, up front, with a a bitter, herbal character in the middle that verges on a woody flavor; the finish brings out the vegetal elements detected in the aroma

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I guess this is Long Trail's flagship ale and I was expecting more of a traditional altbier style, but this was not particularly enjoyable

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty copper colored beer.
The flavor is a little weak, but nothing bad, just not very flavorful
Exttremely easy to drink thanks to the 4.6% ABV.
Went great with the grilled pork chops I had for dinner.
Even though it lacks in the flavor dept. this beer is so enjoyable and so easy to drink, I have give it an overall of 4.5.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date is smudged, but I can make out a 12 at the end. Based on how this came to me, it may not be the freshest.

A: Clear amber, little retention or lacing.

S: Mild spicy hops and some slightly sweet breadiness.

T: herbal and spicy hops against light caramel breadiness. Yeast comes through midway, and the hops pick up again and linger on the finish. The flavor initially seems thin, but it builds up as the cup empties. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium yet somehow creamy.

O: Very drinkable, especially at the sub-five abv.

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 1,309 ratings.
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